FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm: CONGO CALLING (Deutschland 2019, Stephan Hilpert, Münchner Premieren). What impact does development aid have on a country? And what does it do to those who help? A fascinating insight into the everyday life of three Europeans who want to offer their assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and into their daily struggles with the bureaucracy of the African country.
KINDER (Deutschland 2019, Nina Wesemann, Münchner Premieren). A moment’s pause on the threshold between childhood and youth. Marie, Arthur, Emine and Christian are living in this state of limbo in Berlin, unbeknownst to each other. A filmic snapshot that engages with their wild, unfamiliar world.
LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Alexandra Kaufmann, DOK.international). Paula and Xana love horses and help out as often as possible on Lois’ farm. Lois looks after neglected animals, which makes them all the more endearing. A touching filmic novella about a childhood in Spain and the first encounter with death.
OUT OF PLACE (Deutschland 2019, Friederike Güssefeld, DOK.deutsch). The future does not really look bright for three German adolescents who are classed as “incapable of being integrated.” As part of an educational project they are sent away to Romania, made to do physical work and confront their past and future.
THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN (Deutschland, Kolumbien 2018, Alexander Hick, Münchner Premieren). For 500 years, the Arhuacos have been defending their home in the Columbian highlands. In landscape images reminiscent of Werner Herzog’s AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, Alexander Hick masterfully portrays the remote struggle of the indigenous people.